Friday, October 31, 2014 Heshvan 7, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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In the summer of 1969, a year after Andy Warhol announced that everyone would have the chance to be “world-famous for 15 minutes,” Alan Cooper took the stage at the Woodstock festival in Bethel, N.Y.
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Tu ­B’Shevat — traditionally known as the new year of the trees — has become Judaism’s most environmentally focused holiday. But how much "greening" is going on?
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Philadelphia rabbis and Jewish activists were among those who traveled to Harrisburg to lobby for stricter gun regulations.
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The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia is helping organize a Jan. 23 rally in Harrisburg to address the nationwide problem of gun violence.
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David Hyman, a lawyer specializing in government relations, has long maintained close ties to Jewish and black leaders. He recently sat down with the Jewish Exponent to talk about Operation Understanding and black-Jewish relations.
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Profile

Bryan Schwartzman has been reporting on the Jewish community of Philadelphia since 2003. After 10 years as a staff writer, he now occasionally freelances for the Exponent. He writes about trends in politics, religion and spirituality, philanthropy and sometimes dabbles in sports and the arts. 
 
He has received numerous awards from the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists, the Jewish American Press Association and other organizations.
 
A native New Yorker, he earned a master’s degree in modern Jewish history and literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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